SUBLIMINAL GROOVE RECORDS announce XEHANORT signing; lyric video and remastered album released in celebration
Tuesday 22nd April, 2014
Canada-based progressive gurus Subliminal Groove Records are delighted to announce the signing of one-man prog-deathcore maverick, Xehanort, and with it the remastered release of his 2013 album Awaken in a Different Dimension, due March 11.
If this all wasn't enough, Xehanort has today released a lyric video of the first two tracks from the album, 'Entry I: The Unknown/Entry II: Colossus'.
Watch it here:
You can pre-order physical copies of Awaken in a Different Dimension here:
Every so often a new voice enters, breathing new life into the scene and raising the bar. Xehanort is one such voice, a one-man machine who at once defines the term maverick and defies generic conventions. A unique blend of progressive, technical, black metal and deathcore, Xehanort and his album Awaken in a Different Dimension is at once brutal and confounding, the next level in the world of progressive death metal.
Entirely self-produced, recorded, performed and mixed by the man himself, Awaken in a Different Dimension is a video game-inspired concept album detailing the trials and tribulations of a character lost in a foreign land. Remixed and remastered for physical release through Subliminal Groove, the CD release comes with plenty of goodies for like-minded producers and engineers, including instrument stems, raw mixing files, and a 'making-of' behind the scenes video.
With a cover album in the works as well as a new studio album tentatively scheduled for 2015, you'll be sure to hear plenty more of Xehanort.
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1) Entry I: The Unknown
2) Entry II: Colossus
3) Entry III: Wyvern
4) Entry IV: Atronachs
5) Entry V: Cerberus
6) Entry VI: Susano’o
7) Entry VII: Albatross
8) Entry VIII: Heartless
9) Entry IX: Nazgûl
10) Entry X: Bahamut
11) Entry XI: Reprieve
12) Entry XII: Discovery
Russian alternative metallers PLANARA announce debut EP; release teaser single track in anticipation
Tuesday 22nd April, 2014
Russia’s brightest alternative metal hope PLANARA are set to release their debut EP Hostiles worldwide on 24 March. In celebration of the news, the band are pleased to announce the release of a teaser single from the upcoming EP.
Check out 'Enslaved' here: http://youtu.be/mO8ehCV9I9A
A band yet to even celebrate their first birthday, Planara have already succeeded in creating a sound which pushes the boundaries of alternative metal and post-hardcore. A cataclysmic 5-track record combining technicality, infectious melody, polished production and electronic influences, Hostiles is a release set to breathe new life into Russian metal and beyond.
A refreshing complete and well-rounded EP which touches on technical metal and alternative rock, Hostiles is at heart a concept release, centred on the perception and nature of hostility, on communication and interaction between individuals.
Overcoming financial and social obstacles in the form of indifference, corruption and stagnation in their local music industry, battling substance addiction and the vast logistical distances of their home country, Planara are a band on the rise. Having released their debut single and video late last year, and recording their debut LP later this year, this is a band you'll be sure to hear plenty more of.
Watch the video for 'Rolling the Dice' here:
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Israel's FERIUM to release debut album 'Reflections' April 7 via Transcend
Monday 17th February, 2014
Israeli metal band FERIUM play a furious form of metal incorporating bruising blasts, crushing grooves and throat curdling vocals. They release their debut album‘Reflections’ via Transcend Music on 7 April 2014, and it’s one of the most genuinely angry and pain ridden records of this decade.
It’s not often you hear a metal band whose lyrics and musical interpretations of struggle and pain are something other than fantastical, but this is not the case with FERIUM. Having grown up in the city Haifa, living in constant fear of attack and the threat of violence is everyday for this young band. Although they have no political messages or affiliations, the constant strains on their lives and tragedies experienced have indirectly inspired this raw and uncompromising metallic barrage of an album.
Formed in 2006, FERIUM were initially inspired by Pantera and Lamb Of God but over time influence from the likes of Textures, Gojira, Death and more found its way into their sound. 2009 saw their first EP 'The New Law' which gained the band international recognition, enabling them to play large local events such as Summer Carnage andHallelujah, but also shows outside of their homeland, including Wacken 2009. 2013 saw the band return to tour Europe/UK supporting The Agonist and Threat Signal.
Featuring cover art by Eliran Kantor (Hatebreed, Sodom, Atheist), 'Reflections' is the culmination of four years of hardwork, pain, passion, anger and hatred, which has resulted in something so furious it’s not for the faint hearted.
FERIUM return to the UK and Europe touring with Uneven Structure and Hacride. Catch them on the following dates:
04/04 - Brescia (IT) - Circolo Colony
05/04 - Calenzano/Florence (IT) - Cycle Club
06/04 - Munich (DE) - Backstage club
08/04 - Hannover (DE) - Lux
09/04 - Koln (DE) - Underground
11/04 - Durbuy (BE) - Durbuy Rock Festival (HACRIDE ONLY)
13/04 - Venlo (NL) - Perron 55
15/04 - Cardiff (UK) - Fuel Rock Club
16/04 - Wakefield (UK) - Warehouse23
17/04 - Glasgow (UK) - Ivory Blacks
18/04 - Selby (UK) - Riverside
19/04 - Kingston (UK) - The Peel
Pre-order 'Reflections' here: www.transcendmusic.com
ANIMALS AS LEADERS Announce Third Album 'The Joy of Motion'
Monday 17th February, 2014
ANIMALS AS LEADERS
officially announce that their highly anticipated third album "The Joy of Motion" will be released on 24 March via Sumerian Records.
Destined to be the group's career defining album, "The Joy of Motion" raises the bar of musical creativity and technicality to unprecedented levels. Tosin Abasi is considered by many as one of the greatest guitarists or our time, and his work on this record with the equally talented Javier Reyes and new drummer Matthew Garstka is testament to that.
Check out the album video trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-3W9uhlEWo/
This third full-length is a bombastic, dynamic and innovative explosion incorporating elements spanning across the entire musical spectrum, from technical metal to jazz to electronica, and features an all-star production line-up.
Reyes states: "Some of the new tracks are AAL's strongest and most musical material yet and we are extremely happy with how the album came out. Everyone who took part with this album (Misha Mansoor (Periphery), Adam Getgood (Periphery), Diego Farias (Volumes), and Navene Koperweis) is extremely talented and I think we've done a great job of capturing it onto what is now the third ANIMALS AS LEADERS album."
HACKTIVIST tour information: Soundwave, Korn support, headlining
Tuesday 28th January, 2014
kick off their 2014 with a hefty list of show announcements.
While work continues on their debut album, the band take time out in February and March to play Australian rock festival Soundwave, a selection of UK club shows and their first ever Parisian headline show. And then, just a few short weeks later, Hacktivist undertake a quick run of big rooms supporting KORN on their European tour.
Hacktivist promise new music very very shortly. Stay tuned.
SAT 22ND FEB - BRISBANE, AUS - SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL
SUN 23RD FEB - SYDNEY, AUS - SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL
FRI 28TH FEB - MELBOURNE, AUS - SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL
SAT 1ST MAR - ADELAIDE, AUS - SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL
MON 3RD MAR - PERTH, AUS - SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL
SAT 8TH MAR - NEWPORT, UK - CENTRE (w/ Skindred)
SAT 15TH MAR - SOUTHAMPTON, UK - UNI (Takedown Festival)
FRI 21ST MAR - HARLOW, UK - THE SQUARE
TUE 25TH MAR - KINGSTON, UK - THE PEEL
WED 26TH MAR - PARIS, FR - LA BOULE NOIR
FRI 28TH MAR - WARRINGTON, UK - THE VENUE
ST 29TH MAR - LIVERPOOL,UK - ACADEMY (Radstock Festival)
SUN 30TH MAR - NEWCASTLE, UK - ACADEMY (Radstock Festival)
FRI 2ND MAY - LONDON, UK - BRIXTON ACADEMY (w/ Korn)
SUN 4TH MAY - EINDHOVEN, NL - KLOKGEBOUW (w/ Korn)
MON 5TH MAY - PARIS, FR - ZENITH (w/ Korn)
TUE 6TH MAY - COLOGNE, DE - PALLADIUM (w/ Korn)
THU 8TH MAY - COPENHAGEN, DK - AMAGER BIO (w/ Korn)
FRI 9TH MAY - STOCKHOLM, SE - ARENAN (w/ Korn)
SUN 11TH MAY - HELSINKI, FL - CABLE FACTORY (w/ Korn)
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